Facebook blocked own page during news takedown

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Facebook accidentally blocked users from viewing its own page.

The social media network temporarily restricted users from accessing its own page in Australia on Thursday (18.02.21) while it was trying to restrict Australians from reading and sharing news.

An Australian journalist posted a screenshot on Twitter capturing the Facebook page in its limited state, showing a missing cover photo and a barren timeline with only the words "No posts yet."

The platform also mistakenly blocked several Australian government pages including two official health agencies, cutting access to this health information amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The news comes as part of the country's new legislation - known as the News Media Bargaining Code - which requires Big Tech companies like Facebook and Google to pay news publishers for their content.